Call to Action # 29

We call upon the parties and, in particular, the federal government, to work collaboratively with plaintiffs not included in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to have disputed legal issues determined expeditiously on an agreed set of facts.

Why “In Stalled?”

Although the government has negotiated settlement agreements with a number of parties excluded from the original Indian Residential Schools Settlement agreement, a notable exception is the St. Anne’s Residential Schools. The federal government continues to fight the survivors in court and refuses to release documentation that could substantiate their claims of physical and sexual abuse that up to a 1000 survivors experienced.

On June 3, 2021 NDP leader Jagmeet Singh ordered a motion calling for the government to end its litigation with survivors, including those of St. Anne’s. The vote on Singh’s motion was carried unanimously, 271 to zero. Liberal cabinet ministers — including Justice Minister David Lametti, Indigenous Services Canada Minister Marc Miller, and Bennett — and Trudeau abstained. 

The federal government has reached settlement agreements with survivors of the following who had been excluded from the TRC Settlement Agreement:

  • The Sixties Scoop
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Residential Schools
  • Indian Day Schools (as of Agreement-in-Principal on Dec. 18, 2018)
  • Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (May 8, 2019) and
  • Kivalliq Hall in Nunavut (April 16, 2019)

Current Status

December 31, 2022


Previous Status

December 2, 2022


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